Who We Are
A Community Born in the Wake of Vatican II
The Community of the Beatitudes is a contemplative and missionary community begun in France in 1973, of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal following the Vatican II Council. It was founded by two couples who experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and an intimacy with God, Gérard Croissant (Ephraïm) and his wife Jo, and Jean-Marc and Mireille Hammel.They felt a strong urge to live in community according to the Gospel, as the first Christians did, as described in the Acts of the Apostles.
The Community started to grow in Cordes sur Ciel (1981), and Cardinal Robert Coffy recognized it as a “pious union.” In 2002, the Pontifical Council for the Laity recognized the Community as a “Private International Association of the Faithful.” After many stages of development, this association was dissolved in 2011. On June 29, 2011, the Archbishop of Toulouse, Archbishop Robert Le Gall, set up a new Public Association of the Faithful under diocesan law, with the view of creating an Ecclesial Family of Consecrated Life under the authority of the Roman Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life.
An image of the People of God called to holiness
The Community, as an image of the people of God living in unity and diversity, gathers together consecrated sisters and brothers, some of whom are priests, and lay members, single or married. Some of these are permanent deacons or have chosen to remain single for the Kingdom, having pronounced a vow of celibacy. All share the same initial calling.
As of 2019, the Community comprises 763 members: 177 brothers (of which 87 are priests), 270 sisters, 316 lay members (of which 13 are permanent deacons and 51 have chosen celibacy for the Kingdom). Over forty trainees are in a year of discernment and formation in our houses, with a view of entering the Community.For further information…
Connected to the Community are allies such as the Disciples of the Lamb or Friends of the Lamb who form the Beatitudes Family.For further information…
The Community has founded 50 houses in 26 countries worldwide, in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, the South Sea Islands, and the Middle East.